The Psychopathology of Serial Murder: A Theory of Violence

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5
Case Studies

What I wanted to see was the death, and I wanted to see the triumph, the exultation over the death.

-- Edmund Kemper


SELECTION OF CASES

A total of four case studies will be reviewed. These cases have been selected mainly for their ease in availability and completeness of material. Their names and span of killing include:

NameSpan of Killing
1. Andrei Chikatilo 1978-1990
2. Arthur Shawcross 1972-1988
3. Jeffery Dahmer 1978-1991
4. Edmund Kemper 1963-1973

I resisted the temptation to include Aileen Wuornos in the group, because changing the homogeneity of the subject population would confound the issues being studied. The population sample for female killers is limited, therefore an unreliable basis for drawing any conclusions.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Part I - The Development of a Serial Murderer 1
  • 1 - Introduction: An Identification of the Offender 3
  • 2 - Clinical Diagnoses and Serial Killer Traits 7
  • 3 - Background and Development of the Serial Killer 21
  • Part II - Toward Development of a Theory of Violence 45
  • 4 - Theoretical Discussion 47
  • 5 - Case Studies 55
  • 6 - Case Studies Analysis 79
  • 7 - Theoretical Analysis and Development 85
  • 8 - Conclusion 93
  • Appendix A - Case Briefs 103
  • Appendix B - Explanation of Terms 107
  • References 111
  • Index 119
  • About the Author *
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